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Dear SLVMS Families:


Thanks to those of you who sold Drive for Schools tickets.  Sales are now closed, and the drawing is on October 23rd.


This article was in the high school newsletter last week, and I thought it was interesting.  Made me think about how I do things at my house, so I pass it on if you are interested in a thought-provoking read.  This article from Empowering Parents is titled, Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?  https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/are-you-doing-too-much-for-your-child/


Picture retakes are on Monday.  Order forms are in the office if you need to order new photos.  Bring your old photos to trade them in if you didn’t like your first ones.  


Lastly, if your students is more than 30 minutes late to school, you MUST come into the office and sign him/her in.  More than 30 minutes is considered a truancy, so parents must acknowledge the tardy for our records.


Have a great weekend!  


Take care,

Shannon


Dates to remember:

October 17th: Picture retake day

October 28th: Minimum Day--End of 1st quarter-- school dismissed at 12:23 PM

October 28th: Halloween Dance-- 5-7 PM-- wear a costume--dress code applies!

November 11th: No school--Veteran’s Day

November 21-25th: No School--Thanksgiving Break

December 22nd: Minimum Day-- school dismissed at 12:23

December 23rd-

January 8th: No School--Winter Break

January 16th: No School--MLK Bday

January 20th: Minimum Day-- End of 2nd quarter-- school dismissed at 12:23

January 27th:   No School--Professional Development Day for teachers


Schedule for the week of October 17th-21st:

Monday

October 17th

Late A

Late Start Day-- schools starts at 8:50

Picture retakes

Tuesday

October 18th

O

Boy’s Soccer @ home

Wednesday

October 19th

E


Thursday

October 20th

O

Boy’s soccer @ Shoreline

Friday

October 21st

E

Cross Country Meet-- SLVHS


Did you know…?

You can read the daily announcements that are read and emailed to the kids at this link if you are interested:  https://sites.google.com/a/slvusd.org/ms2/daily-bulletin


GATE Parent Advisory Meeting

**For the Parents of Secondary Students**

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016 6:00 – 7:00 PM San Lorenzo Valley High School Multi-Purpose Room 7105 Highway 9 Felton, CA

Please join us in a conversation about the site programs that support and nurture our GATE students and resources for parents. This is an evening specifically designed to address the needs of GATE students in grades 6-12, both academically and socio-emotionally. District administrators and site staff will be on hand to address the parents. Please RSVP Yes or No by sending an email to Julie Walker at jwalker@slvusd.org by October 17, 2016.



New volunteer regulations

For many years parent  volunteers have been an important part of the education system in San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District. In SLVUSD, we believe that  parents, teachers, and the community all have a part in raising the children. In an effort  to keep all students safe, SLVUSD will be implementing two changes to the District Volunteer practices.


The following changes will take effect November 1, 2016:

  • Volunteers who transport students (other than their own) for school events, or field trips will be required to be fingerprinted. Additionally, volunteers who work outside of the classroom with students who are not under the direct supervision of the teacher will need to be fingerprinted. This fingerprinting will be paid for by SLVUSD.

  • Volunteers who work regularly (ten times or more during the school year) in close proximity to children in the classroom will be required to provide a negative TB screening or test. The SLVUSD School Nurse will be available at designated times to conduct screenings at no cost, or  a volunteer may choose to get one from their personal physician at their own cost.


In order to make this process as easy as possible for our volunteers, our School Nurse will be available on designated Volunteer Sign-Up Days in September and October to conduct free TB risk assessment screenings.  Representatives from our HR Department will also be available on these days to process Live Scan fingerprint forms for you to take to the County Office of Education.  Please bring your state-issued photo ID to Volunteer Sign-Up Days.


Volunteer Sign-Up Days

BCE:  October 6 - 8:00 to 10:00 am in the staff room

Tri-Campus (SLVE, SLVMS, SLVHS): September 28 from 1:00-3:00 pm in the cafeteria and October 12 from 8:15-9:45 in the cafeteria

District Office: October 11 from 10:00 am to noon in the HR Office


Need math help?  Come in before school:

Starting next week, there will be before school math tutoring/help available in Ms. Doty’s class (room 18)  from 7:00-7:45 a.m. Student tutors and Ms. Doty will be available to assist students.  It is a great way to get/stay caught up and to understand the content deeper.


Once again, here are the details for the first tutoring session:

Tuesday, Sep. 13th

7:00-7:45 a.m.

Room 18


These sessions are open to all interested and motivated SLVMS students, so if you have friends with other math teachers, they are invited to attend also.


New Chromebook Loaner Policy:

This year, San Lorenzo Unified School District will no longer be giving daily loaners of chromebooks to students on a regular basis.  Students without a device will instead “check out” a device from the school district for the entire year.


Much like the textbooks students check out, they can go home with the student each night to be used for homework, and the student is responsible for returning the chromebook at the end of the end of the year.


Before being issued a Chromebook, student and parent/guardian must fill out a contract.  Students then bring the contract to the SLVMS Library and exchange the contract for a Chromebook.  Contracts are available in the library and a copy of the contract, with expectations and explanations, is attached to this email.


Deals on Chromebooks can often be found online at Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Office Max, Groupon, and other electronic store websites.


Information below regarding purchase vs. a long-term loaner:


  • It cost the schools $270 per Chromebook with tax and a required $28 management license.  The same Chromebook can cost a family less than $200.  Vendors charge more for purchasing Chromebooks in bulk.

  • If a student breaks or loses a school Chromebook, the charge is $200, which may be more than a family would pay for a personal Chromebook replacement.

  • The Chromebooks issued by the district are locked down, no games, no music, no social networking and no personalization.

  • Privacy:  Geolocation and website history tracking is part of every school district-owned Chromebook.  To avoid these district level security measures, a personal Chromebook is recommended.

  • Families can exercise greater control in managing their technology for educational and personal use when purchasing their own Chromebook.


Are you active military?  

The state of California requires us to report families that are active military.  If any member of your family is active military, please email Natalie Moreno at nmoreno@slvusd.org and let her know your child’s name, as well as the branch of military.  


Shop on Amazon?  Support SLVMS...:

If you are an Amazon shopper, please use this link to enter the site,

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/90-0894866 and the proceed with your shopping as usual.  By going through this site, a percentage of everything you buy will go to SLVMS.  Easy way to help the school earn money!


Love magazines?  By some here and support SLVMS!

SAN LORENZO VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL RECEIVES 50% PROFIT                                    Year-round when you renew or purchase new Magazines through our school fundraiser!

1.   Go to www.apmags.com and enter our School Code:  SANLORENZO – then put in your student’s name.

2.   Start Shopping from over 900 Magazine Subscriptions including over 125 Digital Subscriptions - all at discounted savings!  PLUS $25 Gift Cards & More!

              Be sure to invite family & friends to shop as well!

3.   The School will receive 50% of all your Purchases!



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